First Vintage: 2007 Wine Made and Bottled: 100% Washington State Grapes Winery Location: Seattle, Washington Cases Produced Annually: 2000-2500 Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Merlot, Primitivo, Souzao, Tannat, Aligote, and Sauvignon Blanc.
While doing a simple internet search of “wine lifestyle” 421 million results popped up. After scrolling through the articles I realized how much of what we talk about on a weekly basis helps define and vocalize what “lifestyle” means. To some it means clothing, to others it refers to what they do on the weekends in the outdoors, and to me it refers to a food lifestyle.
Wine lifestyle has very deep meanings. Not only is it my profession, but it is also my social life, my education, a sense of place, and a way to connect with my community.
As a profession, I think about wine almost always. Night, day, and often in my dreams. From the production of wine such as fermentation and aging, to bottling, and most importantly sales. It’s a never ending cycle that can be all consuming and stressful. It can also be amazing considering I used to sit in a cube farm and watch my life pass by out the window of an office owned by someone else, working for someone else’s dream.
I stand behind my tasting room bar every week; reclaimed wood atop industrial tubing, and welcome anyone through my doors. It’s a great way to make friends. Some people I have an instant bond with, and others may take months or even years to develop. There’s something about making a commitment to be somewhere every weekend for over five years now, that draws friendly and successful people to us. These friendships will last a lifetime.
I never thought as a youngster that the biology and chemistry classes I was taking at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington, would eventually lead me to wine. In fact, I was supposed to be a physician. Isn’t that what A students are supposed to become? Now more than 20 years later, my education has come full circle. I’m glad I paid attention in class.
Why do we have such a fascination with wine? Well I think it has something to do with the fact that wine is food. Food from all over the world, in different regions, and styles. This gives one the sense of what it might be like to live in France, Spain, or Italy. The wine tastes like the region from which it originates and gives us a sense of place and history. Each craftsman (winemaker) gets to put a final touch and interpretation on it before bringing it to market. It’s like a song writer that takes two years to write every verse, fine tune, and create a story. Wine is also mentioned in almost every historical book. Everything from the Bible, to Shakespeare. And we all know that our founding fathers liked to imbibe.
Wine reminds me of one of my personal philosophies: “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis” from Hippocrates which loosely translates from Latin to mean: Life is short, the art (craft/skill) long. Make it happen today because you never know when it will end, and hopefully you have left something behind for your children or grandchildren when it’s all said and done.
Come see what our Columbia Valley dirt tastes like. Sense the difference of Washington State wines and help us define the future of wine while enjoying yourself and not taking it too seriously. Life is short, enjoy it!
Bart Fawbush Owner/Winemaker at Bartholomew Winery
Bart Fawbush Bio:
Born and raised in Ogden Utah. Attended college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washinton where he studied Biology and Chemistry as a pre-medicine student. After college, Bart found he was well suited in the business world and had a desire to be an entrepreneur. After working in several financial institutions, he opened a mortgage brokerage in the early 2000's. This experience proved to be invaluable. When Bartholomew Winery came to fruition in 2007, the chemistry he learned from his days in college, combined with his knowledge of business were a recipe for success. He is excited about what the future holds, because each vintage continues to be better than the last. A laser like focus and attention to detail have lead to the creation of outstanding wines at a considerable value. We source 100% of our grapes from vineyards that help us stand out from the crowd.